Senator Dave Robertson

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Alcohol limit lowered to .08 on the water and trails

With a new law in place, if you're too drunk to legally drive, you're too drunk to operate certain recreational vehicles.

I supported legislation that lowers the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold from .10 to .08 for operating a snowmobile, boat or off-road vehicle-the same level used for driving a vehicle. Other provisions increase the penalties for violations and prohibit a person under the age of 21 from operating a snowmobile or boat with any level of alcohol.

Each season, alcohol is a contributing factor in many snowmobile and boating accidents. The new law lets everyone know that safety on the trail and on the water is as important as safety on the road.

Robertson supports veterans plate

Michigan motorists will soon have a great opportunity to honor those who have served our country.

Under a new law, the secretary of state will be allowed to issue a specialty fundraising license plate recognizing Michigan's veterans. Proceeds from sales of the plate will help provide tuition assistance for Michigan National Guard members and funds for veteran service providers and organizations. The implementation date is Sept. 1, 2015.

New law has immediate impact in keeping students safer

Senate legislation signed into law last year created the OK-2-SAY program, a confidential early warning system for students to report threats to their safety or the safety of others.

The program became operational in Michigan schools on Sept. 2, 2014. By mid-December, state officials had verified more than 400 tips, including tips on bullying and cyberbullying, threats of suicide and child abuse. I am pleased the new law is working as intended to help keep our kids safe.

Students and others can anonymously submit tips by phone at 855-565-2729, by text message at 652729 (OK2SAY), by email at, or through the website at

Winter weather reminder

The massive accidents due to hazardous winter driving conditions earlier this month are a good reminder that motorists should take extra precaution before heading out.

Travelers can go to and to check road conditions before traveling. Road conditions are also available by calling the MSP Travel Hotline at 1-800-381-8477.